Here at Teithiau Tango, we want to share the beauty of Latin America with the rest of the world. From colourful, arid deserts, the snow-capped Andean peaks to steamy, rich rainforests, Argentina is a land of contrasts, natural beauty, and magnificent scenery.
If there’s one place in the whole world we could advise you to put on your bucket list, it’s Iguazú Falls. Roaring water as far as the eye can see. A tour to Iguazú is exhilarating, overwhelming and memorable.
Iguassu in English, Portuguese Iguaçu or the more popular Spanish – Iguazú; It will come as little surprise that Iguazú means “big water” in Guarani Indian language, native to the area.
At 1.6 miles wide and up to 82 metres high, Iguazú Falls rivals Victoria and Niagra Falls. In a truly remarkable natural sight, 275 individual falls, fed by Iguazú River, cascade into one of the world’s largest waterfall systems.
Here are our top 5 reasons to include Iguazú Falls on your bucket list for your next visit to Latin America.
1. It’s one of the New7Wonders of Nature.
Iguazú Falls became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. In 2011, it was selected as a winner of the New7Wonders of Nature competition which saw over 600 million people take part in the World’s First-ever global voting campaign. It’s the only waterfall to make the list!
Over 1 million people visit Iguazú each year. We can help you plan and time your visit so you’re amongst some of the only people marvelling at these spellbinding falls.
2. Build an intimate connection with nature.
While little brother Niagara Falls is surrounded by casinos, motels, that revolving restaurant and even a Starbucks – Iguazú is surrounded by…nature. The Iguazú Falls National Park covers over 250 square miles of protected rainforest. This means the local flora and fauna – approximately 2,000 plant species, about 400 bird species, 80 types of mammals and countless other creatures – are free to thrive and grow.
Iguazú Park sits between Brazil and Argentina and it’s only a short journey to Brazil for an alternative viewpoint of the falls. We’re not biased when we say the Argentinian side is best – 2/3 of the waterfalls fall there. It’s not uncommon to encounter colourful toucans, monkeys or maybe even a jaguar on your way to the waterfalls.
3. Stare down The Devil’s Throat.
This huge wall of water is difficult to comprehend; 62,000 cubic feet of water flow over the edge, every single second. It’s possible to take a jet boat to embark on a close-up look at the Devil’s Throat pool from the base of one of the biggest falls.
Garganta del Diablo (as it’s known) is literally the world’s biggest shower. You will get wet. However, even at its coldest during June and July, the minimum temperature in Iguazú is a relatively pleasant 17 degrees, and the water is tepid, so just bring a change of clothes in your (waterproof) bag or opt for a raincoat or poncho and you’ll be fine!
It’s perfectly possible to spend the whole day exploring the waterfalls without even noticing the time passing.
4. A night to remember.
To describe the Iguazú Falls without gushing superlatives is utterly impossible. It’s breathtakingly beautiful to behold. But there’s another hidden secret to Iguazú, which will surely be the talk of your tour when you return home.
A Tour of the Falls by Moonlight. Each night and each departure is unique, as you have the opportunity to experience the magic and wonder of the roaring falls by night.
The smells and the sights are totally different, the cascading water lit by an almost unearthly glow. If the conditions are right, you may even glimpse the southern Milky Way and the Magellanic Clouds against the backdrop of the rushing water and the dense rainforest canopy.
It doesn’t get much better than that.
5. Iguazú has excellent accessibility.
A whopping 90% of the Iguazú Park, including all walkways and viewpoints, are accessible to those with disabilities, allowing everyone the opportunity to make a personal connection with the incredible natural environment and experience the thrill of traversing the jungle and magic of passing through the rainbow of colours in the mist.
We can arrange a wheelchair with wheels big enough to manoeuvre all the tracks and terrains of the Falls if you choose – just get in touch with us to discuss your requirements.
There are a million reasons to visit Latin America and Argentina. We’re revamping our blog to bring you as many as we can. If you haven’t already, make sure you check out our last post on Argentina Highlights!